BI releases detained Aussie nun

MANILA, Philippines  — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) released from its custody on Tuesday afternoon Sister Patricia Fox, an Australian missionary. She was apprehended in Quezon City on Monday. Commissioner Jaime Morente approved the recommendation of the BI legal division for the Catholic nun to be released for further investigation after establishing that she is a …

P67.9-M smuggled rice shipment intercepted off Zamboanga Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — The Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), through the Naval Forces Western Mindanao (Navforwem), apprehended a Mongolian-registered ship loaded with some PHP67.9 million smuggled rice off Zamboanga Sibugay. Rear Adm. Rene Medina, Navforwem commander, said the vessel, M/V Diamond 8, was intercepted during a counter-action operation 15 nautical miles southwest off Olutanga Island …

Immigration agents arrest Aussie nun in Quezon City

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  The Bureau of Immigration arrested and  detained a 71-year-old Australian nun who has championed human rights in the Philippines for 27 years. The nun, identified as  Sister Patricia Fox,  was arrested  as six Immigration agents went to her  home Quezon City, Monday,  at about 2:00 in the afternoon. April 16, 2018 Fox,  …

GSIS, DepEd ink agreement to improve teachers’ financial capability

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed on Monday the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and the Department of Education (DepEd) aimed at facilitating the payment of teachers’ loans as well as other education department personnel from private lenders. Education Secretary Leonor Briones signed for DepEd …

Arson, grave threats filed vs NPA over equipment burning

DAVAO CITY, Philippines— Police authorities filed arson and grave threat charges against a New People’s Army (NPA) commander, four of its members and other members who torched 10 heavy equipment in three hinterland barangays in the city on Black Saturday. City Police Office Director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum said charges were filed against Ka Roy …

Duterte assures gov’t taking steps to end abuse on OFWs

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Roa Durerte on Saturday, April 14, assured that the government is taking steps to end the abuse on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East countries. President Duterte met with an OFW who was abused by her employer in Saudi Arabia. Pahima Alagasi, who was scaled by the …

Davao City’s new IP rep from Bagobo-Klata tribe

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – — Davao City has a new Indigenous Peoples’ Mandatory Representative (IPMR) after members of the Bagobo-Klata tribe chose their representative to the city council. The 31-year-old registered nurse Bae Cherry Ann Ortiz-Codilla was selected by the majority of her tribe to represent the IP sector in the city council. Codilla bested …

Barangay, SK polls hopefuls flock Comelec office in Basilan

ISABELA CITY, Philippines — A handful of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan hopefuls flock the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office here to file their certificates of candidacy. As early as 8:00 in the morning, April 14, nine hopefuls processed their Certificates of Candidacy inside Comelec. This marked the first  day  in the filing of COC for …

Duterte dines at Jolibee Hong Kong before meeting the OFWs

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte makes an unannounced visit to a Jolibee outlet in Hong Kong before proceeding to Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, to be with the Filipino community gathering. Acting just like any other food chain client, Duterte,  was accompanied by Secretary Bong Go, Davao City  Mayor Sara Duterte, Honeylet Avancena and …

Duterte to visit Kuwait for the MOU signing

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to visit  Kuwait ‘anytime’  to witness the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Philippine Government and the Kuwait government aimed at protecting the  Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Gulf state. Speaking before the over 2,000  OFWs in Hongkong Thursday night, Duterte …